CDP is Doing More Harm than Good in Remote Australia

  Around the middle of 2016, disturbing data began to emerge about the impacts of Australian Government policy to tackle high rates of unemployment in remote communities. The data showed the number of financial penalties being applied to unemployed people in remote Australia was increasing at an alarming rate. Those affected were participants in the Community Development Program (CDP), which commenced in July 2015.  More than 80% of participants in …

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Managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace.

As the principal of a small rural school in New Zealand I have learnt many lessons about managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace for both staff and students. As we become more bound by Health and Safety legislation and develop our awareness of the mental health, safety and well-being of staff this has become increasingly important. My personal story includes: Developing a shared understanding of the …

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Important considerations when providing mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees in Australia

Important considerations when providing mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees in Australia: a Delphi study Maria Gabriela Uribe Guajardo ¹, Shameran Slewa-Younan ², Yvonne Santalucia ³ and Anthony Francis Jorm⁴. PhD Candidate, Mental Health, Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. E:m.uribe@westernsydney.edu.au Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School …

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Barwon Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service.

Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector has undergone major change. The changes are consistent with directions set by the Victorian Government in New directions for alcohol and drug treatment services: A framework for reform (August 2013), its response to recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General Office’s review of the alcohol and drug service system in 2011 and feedback from clients, families, carers and service providers. Outpatient services have been subject to …

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Partner, Exhibit or Advertise at the 18th International Mental Health Conference!

Don’t miss your opportunity to align with the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017. WHO OUR DELEGATES ARE: We have over 32,000 engaged followers over our Blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn channels and our delegate registrations database is close to 44,500 contacts! We attract on average 450-550 delegates from all organisational levels and …

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The Adult Step-up Step-down sub-acute residential service in Canberra, Australia.

Sub-acute residential services are a recent addition to the range of services available to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness.  One such service is the Adult Step-up Step-down program in Canberra, Australia, which accepts admissions from people entering directly from their home as an alternative to hospital (step-up), or as a transitional step before returning to living in the community after a hospital admission (step-down).  The 5-bed …

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Self–Love, An Intrinsic Antidote to Bullying.    

Bullying may emotionally hurt people, however bullying does not have the power to determine people’s identity, self-love and mental health. This is a critical mental health distinction. People who use external criteria (Outside-In) for determining their identity, self-love and mental health become and remain emotionally dependent because they have built their emotional lives on their external criteria, and thus their identity and self-love is determined by their conditioning and /or …

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Psychometric Properties of the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale

Psychometric Properties of the Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale in Hong Kong’s Emergency Care Setting. Introduction: A safe and therapeutic environment in health care settings is imperative for staff to deliver high quality and effective care. Emergency unit is one of the most high-risk areas for patient violence. The Management of Aggression and Violence Attitude Scale’s (MAVAS) is the only instrument designed to measure the perceived causes and …

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MENTAL HEALTH STARTS AT THE TOP – An Issue for Leadership

Business CEOs and leader need to be seen actively embracing mental health in the workplace. It was found that about 55% of workers believed management did not value mental health but when they did there was a dramatic drop in absenteeism. Apart from there being a big financial incentive for business (‘$2.30 return on $1 invested’ Safety Australia) there is also a legal requirement. Recently I worked for Department of …

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Join us at the 18th International Mental Health Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017.  Presentations can address the following topic areas: Indigenous Wellbeing Child and Youth Mental Health Mental Health and the Elderly e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media Research, Education and Case Studies Creating Workplaces that are Healthy, …

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